I'm one of those people who are trying to teach machines to do "stuff". More technically, I'm a ripe and ready-to-be-picked machine learning PhD student at University of Sydney, Australia. I really like machine learning because the potential to teach machines to do things is only limited by our imagination! I've witnessed algorithms designing fashion to writing movie scripts to taking over the entire universe! Okey the last one I've only seen in a movie, but how cool would that be?
Here are some of my technical skills.
Let me tell you a little bit about what I've accomplished so far in my life.
Jan 2018 - Present
I currently act as the chief data scientist at Assess Threat. Our primary aim is to leverage machine learning for terrorism risk assessment and prevention. I believe this to be a challenging but also a rewarding line of work, as not many are attempting to solve it with machine learning. So far I have been able to produce some jaw-dropping results demonstrating a huge potential of machine learning in the regime of risk assessment.
Aug 2018 - Present
I'm currently finishing up the book "NLP with Tensorflow" which talks about developing various deep learning NLP solutions with TensorFlow. Through out the book, I try to be light on theory with more focus on the practicalities of the implementation which I think is a better approach for a beginner or an industrial personnel. Every chapter is accompanied with exercises implementing solutions described in the chapter. The book is to be released at the end of April, 2018.
Feb 2015 - Sep 2015
Google Summer of Code is a competition hosted by Google where students put upfront proposals to improve open source projects. This is competitive grounds where several thousands of students write proposals but only a few are accepted. I was privileged enough to get accepted in 2015 and worked on a project published by WSO2. In this project I implemented a deep learning module for one of their machine learning product known as WSO2-ML.
May 2012 - Dec 2012
I have primarily worked as a mobile application (Android and iOS) developer. One of my key achievements during my work is, pitching and incubating an award-winning mobile application (Televisionary - Windows mobile store) produced by 99x Technology.
Jan 2015 - Present (end in Aug, 2018)
My PhD is in machine learning. I try to improve the existing deep learning algorithms and often test their potential with robotics applications (e.g. navigation). During my PhD I've secretly fallen in love with natural language processing (NLP). Therefore, taking more and more interest in writing deep learning based NLP tutorials as well as reading about exciting upcoming NLP research.
Jul 2009 - Feb 2014
I graduated from the department of computer science and engineering at University of Moratuwa with a GPA of 3.92 and ranked within the top 3% of the department.
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During my challenging odyssey so far at Assess Threat as the cheif data scientist, I've encoutered numerous challenges and successfully solved them. These include decisions related to data collection, data analysis, feature selection and model selection. I'm proud to say that we have achieved competitive accuracies surpassing human expert accuracy by a large margin. I'm extremely satisfied that my technical decisions and knowledge made this achievement attainable.
My PhD never has been just about theoretical findings. It has been about proposing well-designed solutions to problems followed by engineering the solution carefully to perform well in practice. For example, I have implemented and tested algorithms in long-term robot navigation, which plays a crucial role in autonomous driving.
I have seasoned myself as a good communicator and continuously improving myself. I have taken part in public speaking competitions as well as served as a board member of the Gavel club; a Toastmasters affiliation. Additionally I frequently write technical articles as well as take part in the university machine learning reading group in the hope of improving my technical writing and speaking skills.
I like to travel around the world and love to take photos showing the architectural intricacies of buildings as well as the beauty of nature.
Sienna is the capital of the province Tuscany in Italy. It has been declared as a UNESCO world heritage site. Sienna is famous for its scrumptious cuisine and the proud history entailed by the city.
Melbourne is the capital city of the state Victoria in Australia. Melbourne is known to be a multicultural hub and one of the best cities in the world to experience different cultures. It is no wonder that it has been called one of the world's most liveable cities. But beware of the climate, as it can reach up close to a ruthless 50 degrees of Celsius in the middle of summer.
Saas Fee is a quiet village found in the district of Visp in Switzerland. This tranquil village borders several other villages such as Saas Almagell and Saas Balen. Fun fact about this village is that no cars are allowed to enter the village and have to be parked outside before entering the village.
Habarana is a city in Sri Lanka offering very close encounters with amazing elephants and tuskers. Also the city is in close proximity to the historical city Anuradhapura which provides a wide range of cultural experience.
Don't be fooled by these apparent balls of joy. Some varieties (such as the box jelley fish) can deliver a lethal dose of venom.
Sydney is considered to be the business district in Australia. But that doesn't mean Sydney is not without its entertainment agenda! This photo was taken at Vivid-Sydney; a spectacle filled with precise manipulation of lights making buildings come alive.
If you think I'm a good fit for your company, don't hesitate to contact me. I'm quite flexible with moving overseas and would love to consider opportunities especially in Europe and the USA (once I finish my PhD that is).
1, Cleveland St,
Darlington, NSW, 2006